Can I keep a Hillstream loach in my tank?

LHAquatics

I recently went ot my lfs and found hillstream loaches being sold for $5.99! I've been obsessed with them for a while now, but cound't get them for their lack of avalibitly. I was wondering if I could get them. The tank is a 29 gallon with a Marienland penguin 200, and a 10 gallon sponge filter (highly filterated). The tank is moderlty planted and will still add more plants. The current stocking is 2 platies, 7 Harelquin rasboras, 5 Albino corydoras and a few pond snails. The planned stocking is 2 platies, 9 harlequin rasboras, 7 Albino corydoras, a betta and 3 hillstream loaches. The temp is 78, ph is 7.6-.8, and highly oxyginated. I know some of you will say they need cooler temperatures and fast flowing waters, but cory from Aqurium co-op accidently bred them in warmer water.
 

Chris1212

Almost the exact specs for my 20g (also have a penguin hob and small sponge filter) and my two hillstreams are awesome. Very active fish, only bother each other but none of the other species.

I'd get 2-3 and make sure they have plenty of "boulders" to cruise over.
Oh yeah, make sure you do a good job acclimating them and they should be fine
 
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Bruinfishkeeper1

I'd say go for it!

My one thing is is that with hillstream loaches the oxygenation is actually not really an issue (in fact for the days that I forget to do water top offs to keep the filter flow at the top they continue to thrive)

I think for these guys temp is important. 78 is a little on the high end (although cory kept them at 85 at one point and they thrived), but understanding that you have a betta, I think you'll be perfectly fine.

Also what kind of hillstreams are they (out of curiosity lol) I personally have the Chinese Butterflys (Beautofria Kwchencois), a type of Psuedogastrzoymns, and the red zebra hillstreams.
 
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Chris1212

85? wow, that seems high.

I have a butterfly and a reticulated. Both males. The butterfly changes lighter-darker depending on where he is in the tank which is cool. The reticulated is the alpha of the tank...has no problem chasing off the other loach, the h. gourami, or the peacock gudgeon if he wants what they are eating.

In quarantine, I lost one of my original two after 1 day. I got a replacement (reticulated) from the lfs and while I was floating the bag in the qt, the darn thing jumped out and dove right in. I figured it was a goner since there wasn't it wasn't slowly acclimated. Nope, just fine.
 
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Bruinfishkeeper1

Yeah 85 is very high but i guess it worked out (still def would not recommend that).

Yeah my butterfly changes color to and it's really cool.
One of my psuedogastrozymns used to be a big fat boss and would chase everyone but now he's chill

Also quick question, does your peacock gudegon and your honey gourami fight at all? I've always wanted a peacock gudegon. (I have a Honey Gourami male and am planning on getting a female)
 
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LHAquatics

I like the reteculated ones the most. Those were the ones at the lfs. The next time I go to the lfs, ill try to get them. Thank you all
 
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Chris1212

Nope, honey gourami and peacock gudgeon get along fine.
 
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V1K

I have kept 7 Sewellias in a 112 L tank with 780 L/h external filter, 500 L/h internal filter, 24-26 C temperature, and 7 rosy barbs and a bunch of snails and shrimp as tankmates. 5 of the 7 have died over the months one by one. Never figured out what exactly was their problem (except the last one that died during a heatwave), as none of them displayed any symptoms and water quality was always good. The point being, they are indeed finicky. Or I'm just a bad fishkeeper, idk.
 
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GlennO

Some very happy Hillstreams in here:

 
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FishDin

Some very happy Hillstreams in here:

Hey GlennO, beautiful tank! If it were mine, I'd be sitting in front of it watching all day long.

I see you have gobbies. They are next on my list to add to my HSloach tank.
 
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Chris1212

Agreed; really cool tank. So much current.
 
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GlennO

Hey GlennO, beautiful tank! If it were mine, I'd be sitting in front of it watching all day long.

I see you have gobbies. They are next on my list to add to my HSloach tank.
Not my tank either (I wish). Just a cool video I thought I’d share. I think Hillstream loaches deserve a specialised tank environment.
 
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